- Also used the screen name Leonard Hermes during his initial days in the industry.
- Was named one of the Ten Outstanding Young Men (TOYM) of the Philippines for Movies in 1960.
- Became the president of the Philippine Film Development Fund in 1995.
- Was the chair emeritus of Premiere Productions.
- Was the chairman of the Laguna Lake Development Authority at the time of his death.
- Was awarded a FAMAS Manuel de Leon Award for Exemplary Achievements in 2008, after his death.